Work to bring hundreds of new homes and business space to Bristol will begin this summer after councillors approved plans to transform a prominent gateway site.
Places for People’s planning applications to bring 230 homes, retail and office accommodation for land just off the M32 in St Pauls were backed by Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee (16.05.18).
The approval enables work to deliver the homes to start within weeks, with the first houses expected to be ready for people to move into by next summer. It also unlocks a £55m investment in the site and is expected to create a significant number of jobs during the construction and beyond.
Nigel Brewer, Planning and Design Director at Places for People, said, “I’m extremely pleased that councillors have supported our planning applications to bring forward much needed new homes in the city.
“We’ve worked closely and very constructively with the council to shape proposals that are deliverable on this challenging brownfield site. This close working and feedback from the community has resulted in a high-quality development, with a mix of homes, employment space and well-designed public areas.
“We’ll be working to finalise agreements so that our teams can get onto site at the earliest opportunity and local people can benefit from the investment and regeneration coming to St Pauls.”
Places for People submitted five planning applications to transform 1.6 hectares of vacant land in St Pauls, on plots around Dove Lane, Ervine Terrace, Wilson Place and Cheapside. In total, these applications will provide 230 new homes, 893 sq m of retail space, 1,218 sq m of office space and improved landscaping across the site. The new homes will range from one to three bedrooms in size and will include nearly 80 car parking spaces and bays for hundreds of bikes. Twenty five of the new homes will be affordable.
The decision was welcomed by senior councillors in Bristol, who are working to increase the number of new and affordable homes across the city.
Cabinet member for Homes and Communities Cllr Paul Smith said, “The regeneration of Dove Lane is important for us and is one of a number of key sites coming forward in Bristol. I welcome Places for People’s commitment to start working on site soon to help meet the needs of St Pauls and the wider city.”